This 19th Century Indian Tulwar has an impressive fighting blade and a dog head finial to the knuckle bow.
The 780mm curved, un-fullered blade widens slightly towards the point. The blade retains a very sharp fighting edge and is double-edged for the last 200mm. The upper edge is also very sharp.
The robust steel hilt has a baluster style grip and long, square languets with a pierced 6-hole pattern to the ends. The hilt terminates with a large, 90mm diameter disc pommel, incorporating a radiating sun disc and faceted skull crusher spike. The base of the baluster grip is decorated with a cast floral motif. The faceted cross-guard has button finials and continues into a recurved knuckle bow with a dog head terminal.
The blade and hilt are in excellent condition for their age with only small patches of minor pitting and tarnish. The blade is firm in the hilt.
The wooden, leather covered scabbard is strong and intact with minor scuffs commensurate with its age. The stitching is intact. The tulwar sheathes and draws smoothly and is held firmly within the scabbard.
This is a great example of an early 19th Century Indian fighting sword.